Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2005 16:11:50 -0400
Reply-To: Don Abramowitz <dabramow**At_Symbol_Here**BRYNMAWR.EDU>
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From: Don Abramowitz <dabramow**At_Symbol_Here**BRYNMAWR.EDU>
Subject: Re: Fwd: recent lab explosion
In-Reply-To: <s2d272ce.018**At_Symbol_Here**>

I appreciate the info on backflow, but if memory serves me (and
that's not the certainty it once was), at least one report of HF
cylinder failure involved a cylinder that had never been used.  That
report, from a lecture bottle manufacturer, stated that there was a
very slow reaction between the HF and the steel, and they therefore
proposed a maximum shelf life for storing their cylinders.  Memory
does not allow me to cite that time limit, but if pressed, I suppose
I could find the report.


>  Any liquefied gas is subject to suckback of  of liquid when its
>discharge piping is immersed in liquid.  This will happen as the
>pressure drops, unless prevented against backflow. Water was
>obviously sucked back into the cylinder which generates hydrofluoric
>acid, which will react with any metal to form hydrogen gas.
Donald Abramowitz
Environmental Health and Safety Officer
Bryn Mawr College
101 N. Merion Avenue
Bryn Mawr, PA 19010-2899
(610) 526-5166
fax: (610) 526-5220

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